Poroshenko: Language law is another step toward confrontation

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July 4, 2012, 4:04 p.m. |

Ukrainian Economic Development and Trade Minister Petro Poroshenko

Ukrainian Economic Development and Trade Minister Petro Poroshenko has said he believes that after adopting the language law, lawmakers made another step to create a confrontation, which is turning from political into economic.

"The country should have taken advantage of the unique impression of millions of Europeans gained from Ukraine after Euro 2012. But instead of using these positive things created by Ukrainians, unfortunately, lawmakers took another step to create a completely absurd confrontation, and this pains my heart," he said at a press conference in Kyiv on Wednesday.

"I'm absolutely sure that this is turning from a political into an economic confrontation," he added.

When asked whether he plans to resign as a sign of protest, Poroshenko said: "I believe that I have been working effectively, and nobody is preventing me from working. As soon as I feel that my work is ineffective, or I am unable to perform the tasks that I set to myself, of course, I will take your advice."

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